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Alternative classroom design could be key to better learning

At home and abroad, alternative classroom design is changing the way kids learn. But not all teachers feel new design trends like open, flexible work spaces are great learning environments. Today, our series. By Design, tears down walls and raises questions about a new wave of open concept schools.
Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan has been hailed around the world for its innovative design. Tezuka Architects designed the round school around a tree. (Forgemind ArchiMedia, Flickr cc)

Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan is not an ordinary school.

Hailed around the world for its innovative design, the school is circular and above the wide-open class space is a donut shaped roof, which is a giant play area the kids can explore and run around.

As part of our project By Design, we're going back to school... and back to the drawing board when it comes to how we imagine our schools.

Thank you to Sarah Tabata for translation when speaking to Sekiichi Kato, principal of the Fuji Kindergarten. 

Have a look inside Fuji Kindergarten

Architect Takaharu Tezuka is one of the designers of the Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan. 

Canada may not have a school quite as open as Fuji Kindergarten but there are districts that are experimenting with alternative classroom designs.

(From Left) Library at Crescent School in Toronto and the Latifi Family Commons area.

From Vancouver to Regina to Nova Scotia - you'll find a slow change from the traditional, so-called "cells and bells"... to something a little more open and flexible.

What do you think about the ideas you've heard about alternative classroom designs? You can send us your thoughts... and your pictures too.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.